Chatteris snooker star Joe Perry to gun for World Glory

Joe Perry was pipped by Stuart Bingham in the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix in Llandudno.

Joe Perry was pipped by Stuart Bingham in the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix in Llandudno. - Credit: Archant

Chatteris cueman Joe Perry would love to mount another challenge for World Championship glory.

The 41 year-old launches his latest bid at the Crucible, in Sheffield, with a first-round clash against qualifier Kyren Wilson. The match takes place on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

It is now eight years since Perry enjoyed his best-ever run in the game’s blue-riband tournament, storming into the semi-finals in 2008 where he was pipped 17-15 by Ali Carter.

Perry, making his 15th successive appearance in the World Championship, said: “I don’t go into any tournament with any expectations because it just creates more pressure for myself, but I’ve prepared properly, I’m confident in my own game and I’m feeling good.

“It would obviously be brilliant to have another good run in the tournament. All players dream of getting down to the one-table situation for the semi-finals and final.

“I experienced it back in 2008 when I was a bit like a rabbit in the headlights. I probably enjoyed the moment too much rather than convinced myself I could actually win the tournament.

“I’d love to get to that stage again and I think I would be better prepared to deal with it if it were to happen now.

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“The Crucible holds no surprises for me, but I’m sure I’ll still be nervous before I play. That’s only natural though in a World Championship and it will be a case of trying to settle into the tournament.

“I don’t fear anything or anyone.”

A good run at the Crucible would be a fine way for Perry to mark his 25th year as a professional. He will arrive in Sheffield sat 10th in the world rankings after climbing to a career high of eighth earlier in the season.

Perry, who won the Players Tour Championship Finals last year, seems to be getting better with age in a sport becoming tougher by the season.

He added: “Snooker has gone from one extreme to the other. It is pretty hectic these days with a lot more tournaments and travelling.

“I’m definitely starting to feel it at times, but I’ve got no plans to stop playing. I might just start to pick and choose my events more going forward.

“I probably practice less now than I’ve ever done, but that has actually benefitted me along with having the experience of learning how to deal with things better.

“The standard of lower-ranked players is better than ever and you need to be on your guard in every game.

“It is almost impossible to do well in every tournament and I’ve learned over time not to get disappointed when I do throw in a bad one.”